San Antonio Spurs: Dejounte Murray is returning to form in April
By Dylan Carter
After a long season of rehabilitation, San Antonio Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray is back to throwing down windmill dunks and working with the team.
Losing starting point guard Dejounte Murray at the beginning of the season tore the hearts out of the San Antonio Spurs fanbase that fell in love with the rising talent in the two seasons prior. Deemed worthy of succeeding legend Tony Parker as dedicated starter in the Alamo City, Murray tore his ACL in a preseason game against the Houston Rockets.
Due to the quiet nature of the franchise, we haven’t seen a whole of Dejounte Murray this season. He’s appeared on the sidelines quite a bit and is an active member of the team, consulting with his teammates and fulfilling his floor general duties without actually lacing up. The responsibilities of a point guard fall far beyond on-court performance, it’s the job of a starting point guard to rally the troops and instill his knowledge and encouragement in his teammates.
Murray has done exactly that while working diligently to return to form. The best glimpse into his journey to recovery has come via his social media; Instagram in particular. As a frequent user of the popular platform, Murray has updated his fans on his life and progress using Instagram stories throughout the season. He can be seen working on his jumper, rebuilding leg strength and goofing around with teammates. He’s built a strong bond with rookie Lonnie Walker IV and has been a pillar of light for the young stud in his journey through the NBA.
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Most recently, Murray posted a video of himself blowing past a trainer and elevating for a powerful one-handed windmill dunk at Spurs training facilities. Fans rejoiced at the sight of their beloved point guard showing off some of that explosiveness that many feared could be lost after an injury as severe as an ACL-tear.
This isn’t the case, as Murray’s work ethic and dedication to his craft set him apart from the back. Making an All-Defensive Team in his second season, we’ve seen that Murray has what it takes to make strides in this league.
It’s not the first time that Murray has shown off his rehab progress with a dunk and it certainly won’t be the last. This is the nature of who Murray is: he’s a grinder with the heart to develop himself into a fine young player. A silly injury like this won’t hold him back from reaching his potential.
As Murray studies his team in their first-round matchup against the Denver Nuggets, he’ll remain focused on making his return to the hardwood in the 2019-20 season.